With the passage of Senate Bill 113, lawmakers took a huge step forward in modernizing South Dakota’s current graduated drivers licensing system. AAA applauds the senate which voted yesterday in favor of the bill to help safe guard and protect our young drivers.
“This legislation would make South Dakota’s roads safer for all with these important adjustments to the current law,” said Marilyn Buskohl, AAA spokesperson. “During the instruction permit phase this bill would provide 9 months or 275 days of supervised driving experience and 50 hours of behind the wheel driving with a licensed driver – and at least 10 hrs in inclement weather and 10 hrs at night. This would ensure every new driver has the chance to practice driving in all weather conditions with an adult. In addition, the law would add a limit of no more than one young non-family passenger during the restricted minor’s permit,” Buskohl added.
Sponsors of the bill are Senators Deb Soholt, Blake Curd, Bob Ewing and Art Rusch as well as Representative Roger Chase, Doug Barthel, Mary Duvall and Steve McCleerey.
The bill now goes to the House for consideration.